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Andrew Griffes

MA, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology
Naropa University, Boulder

Please reach out to schedule your free 30-minute consultation by phone or video. In your message, please indicate your typical availability. I look forward to speaking with you about working together.

The basis of my work with clients is rooted in mindfulness, somatic awareness, and a transpersonal approach to healing. My passion is for working with individuals and couples to transform relationships in their lives. Whether it is through a sudden crisis, decades of contemplation, or a vague hunch that brings you to this work, I meet you with the understanding that you are capable of relating with health and integrity.

A mentor once asked me "if you had to boil down everything you're doing with all of your clients into one thing, what would it be?" The only answer I could muster then, which still sticks is self-awareness. In my work, I draw on the shared awareness that comes through a session to support you in bringing self-awareness to the aspects of your life where it offers healing and growth.

Working with people to discover themselves, to heal, and to thrive is a path that converged for me from work and life experience branching off in many directions. Professionally, I spent several years working at the intersection of investment research and corporate responsibility, followed by several more years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco working in youth development. Stepping across cultural thresholds, job descriptions, and living situations, I grappled with the question of authenticity - how to find a meaningful expression of myself in each context. The experience of doing so, as well as navigating the periods of depression and isolation I encountered along the way, have informed my calling to work with others in the midst of transitions in their own lives.

My coaching practice is founded on the principle of inherent wholeness - that we each possess the necessary qualities for self-realization. My role is to offer structure and reflection so that your own health and wisdom may shine. The components of my training reflect different aspects of this foundation in wholeness. In my graduate education at Naropa, I learned to bring Transpersonal Psychology from understanding into practice. My training in somatic trauma work with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute built on this further with a specific framework for accessing our bodies' innate ability to process and heal wounds to the body-mind system. Largely through the blessing of my marriage to another who shares my professional path, I have had deep exposure to couples work, primarily the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT) of Dr. Stan Tatkin. For better or worse, relationship shapes so many of the patterns, wounds, and hopes people eventually bring into coaching and counseling work. I am ever grateful for the daily opportunity I have with Maura and our children, Lila and Kestrel, to walk this path of relationship. With them supporting me in this work, my inspiration grows in tandem with my respect for all of you who step up to transform yourself and the relationships in your life.

Major influences in my learning to whom I am indebted with gratitude include:

  • Grieving and Re-membering Ancestral Culture - Martìn Prechtel

  • Buddhism & Meditation - Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Reggie Ray, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Adyashanti, Mooji

  • Dreaming, Shamanism - Carl Jung, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alberto Villoldo

  • Earth-Based Psychology - Bill Plotkin